Have you been suffering from painful or achy joints? If so you’re not the only one, arthritis affects more than 54 million people. Arthritis disturbs your joint movements and restricts you to do certain movements and you’ll feel frustrated when you can’t do certain tasks.
Exercise is one of the great things you can do to improve stiffness, reduce pain and improve your entire joint movements. When you have arthritis it’s difficult to perform even mini tasks, then how can your body tolerate intensive exercise that require fast movement of the joint? There are some exercises however if done properly will not increase your pain.
There are different types of arthritis; the most popular ones are gout, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. These forms of arthritis mostly affect seniors. Before recommending the right exercise let’s explore each one of them;
When your cartilage wears down there will be more pain and stiffness, such condition is called osteoarthritis. It mostly affects people who are in their 60’s and can affect both men and women. Studies show that everyone who is above 65 years has osteoarthritis in one or more of his joints.
Osteoarthritis can affect any joint but most of the time affects only joints that support weight. Signs of osteoarthritis include swelling, tenderness and joint pain.
When there is inflammation on your joint lining, you’re said to have Rheumatoid, it is different from osteoarthritis. It happens when the immune system attacks your body instead of protecting and defending it, it does not only affect joints, and it also affects other organs such as lungs, rheumatoid can make you feel sick sometimes.
Gout is mostly active in the night. Drugs, stress and some illnesses can trigger the disease. Uric acid crystals are formed in your joint, uric acid can be found in tissues and in our foods.
Gout mostly affects lower parts of the body like knees, heels, and ankles. It mostly affects men, it took an average of 3 – 10 days to get relief even if there is no treatment and take months or years before having gout symptoms again.
Exercises For Arthritis
Exercise is a must if you want to minimize the effects of arthritis. You need the right exercise that’s good for your health. Exercise will help reduce pain and also improves your walking activities. Dealing with arthritis is tough and somehow a complex condition, when it enters the joints the muscles are weakened, this leads to more weakness and pain almost all over your body.
If you can’t do any exercise because of pain you should consult a physical therapist so that he can develop an effective exercise for you to help you reduce the pain. Generally speaking, if you’re not doing any exercise you’re inviting more pain. Try any cardiovascular exercise like cycling, walking or swimming. They play great role in dealing with arthritis pain.